This is the third post in our “Clemency” series. Our last post discussed how those convicted of federal offenses in Arkansas can determine their eligibility for clemency. In this blog we  will be discussing the process of applying for clemency under the Justice Department’s new guidelines.

Submitting your petition/application for clemency to the department of justice

Judge reading paper in CourtAny person seeking clemency must first submit a formal petition. Given that federal clemency can determine the difference between serving a 20 year sentence or a 10 year sentence, it is not advisable to attempt filing a petition by yourself. Our Little Rock federal criminal lawyers can help wade through the legalese and explain how you meet the requirements for clemency, as well as ensure your petition reaches the proper authorities.

How the clemency petitions of Arkansas federal detainees will be considered

Once your petition is filed, it is reviewed by the Attorney General. Depending on the nature of the crime that you committed, the A.G may choose to notify your victim to inform them that you have filed for clemency and that they have a right to submit any comments or objections. The victims will also be notified if you are granted clemency.

If the petition is granted, you or your attorney will be notified directly and you or your lawyer will be mailed your warrant of pardon. If your petition is denied, the President will inform the Attorney General that your petition for clemency has been denied. The Attorney General will then inform you that your petition has been denied and close your case.

A Petition for Clemency can shave years off your sentencing. It can give you back a quality of life that you long since gave up on. Filing legal documents and doing so properly can be complicated and confusing. When it comes to your freedom it is best to hire an experienced Arkansas federal criminal law attorney to assist you. If you need help with your petition for clemency, call our office today.